Saturday, August 20, 2005

Community Reform: Supporting the Arts


Praise of Ink: The Art of Islamic Calligraphy

We are pleased to announce that we will be hosting
Haji Noor Deen Mi Guangjiang,
eminent master of Arabic calligraphy
at Zaytuna Institute on the following dates:

SEPTEMBER 10TH*
Saturday, 7:30pm
Special Lecture Event

Praise in Ink: The Art of Islamic Calligraphy
SEPTEMBER 12TH – 26TH*
Mondays and Wednesdays, 7:30pm – 9:00pm

Islamic Calligraphy Workshop
SEPTEMBER 24TH*
Saturday, 11:00am - 1:00pm
Calligraphy for Children (Ages 7-14)
*All events are free and open to the public.

Haji’s works will be available for purchase at Zaytuna Institute after the Sept. 10th and 24th programs.

OTHER EVENTS/EXHIBITS:
SEPTEMBER 9TH – 11TH & 16TH – 18TH
Friday - Sunday, 11:00am – 5:00pm
Asian Art Museum - San Francisco

SEPTEMBER 25THSunday,
12:00pm - 5:00pm
Stephen Miller Gallery in Menlo Park



Religion has been the inspiration for some of the greatest artistic achievements of human kind. To understand the spiritual and creative pulse of religion, people often look to the art that is created by its followers. When we give dawah to people, whether they are Muslims or non-Muslims, we must do it in a beautiful way. Calling people to Islam, whether for the purpose of embracing the faith or to have a better understanding of it, must leave the seeker with a positive impression.

Muslims, despite the most recent, ludricious accusations of our lack of creativity, have been creating some of the most beautiful art for over 1400 years. Muslims can empower themselves and cultivate a sense of pride (not nafsy pride) in their history and show others why Islam inspires us to create such wonderful things. May Allah ta'ala bless the endeavors of Zaytuna for planning such a wonderful event and may other Muslims follow in their example.--Risama

2 Comments:

Blogger Rumi_UK said...

It's a shame that people's understanding of "Islamic art" is usually limited to the visual arts. As you know, there is a vibrant and inspiring tradition of Qur'anic recitation, which very much has its basis in how the Prophet Muhammad (peace be on him) received and transmitted the Word, and has flourished in many ways since then. There is an event at the Edinburgh Festival this week to showcase the art: see www.Quranica.com . An inspiration for the event was Kritina Nelson's amazing book, "The Art of Reciting the Qur'an".

Perhaps we could reflect on other things that we can categorise as "arts", even if we're not used to doing so. How about the art of supplication? It sounds strange, but read Muhammad Al-Ghazali's "Remembrance & Prayer: The Way of Prophet Muhammad", and you'll realise that our Prophet (SAW) was a genius in du'aa. There are numerous Shaykhs nowadays who reflect that genius, and most notable for me is Shaykh Jibreel: sww www.Jibreel.com for recordings and transcripts (in Arabic).

1:36 PM  
Blogger izzymo said...

I agree. It would be nice to have more Muslims getting into the "audio arts" of Qur'an recitation and nasheed. Sami Yusuf has definitely brought a new sound to the Muslim world, often having his videos played on secular music stations in the Muslim world. But I guess there many be a lack of Qur'an reciters in some communities. I had plans to put on a small "Muslim Fest" where I live but I wonder if they are ready for that? I was hoping to get some Qur'an reciters. We'll see insha'allah.

7:32 PM  

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